In a Scandinavian country, national security chief Colonel Tahlvik is tasked to rescue the passengers of a high-jacked British airliner while the British Ambassador is being held hostage at his residence by another terrorist team.
Tyrannical, but ailing, tycoon Charles Richmond becomes very fond of his attractive Italian nurse, Maria. The nurse, in turn, falls in love with Charles' ne'er-do-well nephew Anthony, who plots ways to gain control of his uncle's fortune.
A British mercenary arrives in pre-Revolution Cuba to help train General Batista's Army against Castro's guerrillas while he also romances a former lover now married to an unscrupulous plantation owner.
Brigitte Bardot's marriage to wealthy German playboy Gunter Sachs was crumbling when shooting began on this movie in Almeria, Spain. There was plenty of press coverage which speculated that there was a liaison between Bardot and Stephen Boyd, with whom she had made The Night Heaven Fell (1958). Apparently, though, it was French singer Serge Gainsbourg with whom Miss Bardot had had a torrid affair, although it too had come to an end when she arrived in Spain to begin filming. Gainsbourg laments the end of their affair in his song "Initials BB", where he sings "Almeria, Almeria" as it fades out. See more »
A flaming arrow hits one of the covered wagons along the side, but it goes up in flames at the front above the driver's seat. See more »
The idea behind Shalako is not as preposterous as it sounds. Lots of European nobles came here for hunting parties during the American wild west period. As was pointed out in the beginning of Shalako among others was the Grand Duke Alexis of Russia where Buffalo Bill served as a guide to his party.
That being said I'm sure none of them were as dense as Peter Van Eyck who when warned of Indian danger, refuse to leave an area. Quite frankly those Indians should have wiped those blockheads out and would have if not for the efforts of intrepid Indian scout Shalako, played by Sean Connery in a cowboy suit.
Connery looks real nice, but if he wanted to play a western a better script would have done for him. Sean knows this thing is a turkey, but if you had the opportunity to work with Brigette Bardot, would you pass it up.
Stephen Boyd is the best one here as the turncoat guide of the Europeans. Boyd was a good looking man with a trace of arrogance in his screen persona that made him right for a part like Messala in Ben-Hur, but wrong for Livius in The Fall of the Roman Empire. He's back in his proper element.
And I can't give the ending away, but folks take my word for it, it is ridiculous.
Still if you want to see some unfamiliar faces for westerns, this is a good movie to see.
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